The big data jungle is coming to Vegas

August 14, 2014
In the world of big data, the elephant is king. Hadoop, whose elephant logo has become the face of big data, has been joined in the big data jungle by many friends: Pig, Jaql and even a ZooKeeper to keep them all in line. The entire big data jungle will be making a trip to Las Vegas in October for the world’s largest big data conference: IBM Insight. Read More

Big data strategy Twitter chat recap

March 27, 2014
I recently participated in a Twitter chat on big data strategy hosted by @IBMbigdata. Read More

#BigDataMgmt chat recap: Search meets big data

February 17, 2014
Most organizations are feeling the pressure to move big data initiatives past the discussion phase and toward well-planned projects. To what extent can a complete view of all of the available information help organizations gain deeper insights and make better decisions? Read More

The NoSQL conundrum: Lagged veracity and the double-edged promise of eventual consistency

December 5, 2013
In the big data scheme of things, you can talk about the "3 Vs," the "4 Vs," or as many "Vs" as your fevered imagination can spin out. The "3 Vs" point to the "big" dimension of the big data phenomenon, but when you shift the focus from "big" data to "all" data, the fourth V becomes a cleaner fit. Specifically, bringing veracity into the discussion can help you to incorporate an overlapping database paradigm, NoSQL, into the larger perspective. That's because veracity is akin to one of the defining features of NoSQL: the notion of "eventual consistency." Read More

Big Data’s Legacy is Agility

August 6, 2013
While much of today’s focus on big data is on “smart data,” the power of analytics, the most lasting benefit big data will bring to business worldwide, is agility. Read More

Big Data for Banking: Depends on a Scalable, Extensible Information Foundation

July 26, 2013
The promise of achieving significant, measurable business value from big data can only be realized if organizations put into place an information foundation that supports the rapidly growing volume, variety and velocity of data. Read More

Hadoop’s Linux Analogy is Wearing Thin as the Market Evolves

July 11, 2013
Big data is an industry ecosystem in which the open-source approaches have great momentum. Open-source platforms—including Hadoop, NoSQL and R—are expanding their footprint in advanced analytics. Read More

Technology Innovations for Enhanced Data Management

July 10, 2013
Data management has undergone significant change ever since the introduction of online transaction processing systems (OLTP) some 50 years ago. The level of change during this period, however, has not been uniform. Read More

The Enterprise Data Warehouse is Virtualizing into the Big-Data Cloud

June 27, 2013
What is an enterprise data warehouse (EDW)? You’d think the industry would have achieved some consensus on this topic by now, but you’d be mistaken. Read More

Big Data In Danger of Definitional Overkill

May 23, 2013
Big data evangelization is not for the faint of heart. At a recent industry panel that I was on, the moderator joked that there must be a petabyte-scale big-data cluster somewhere brimming with definitions of big data. Read More